'Good to hear about the guys you listen
to man... THEY ARE MASTERS... they are shamans for doing what they
have, but jazz has moved on and is not only about walking basslines and a 4/4
'As for what I think about free jazz and jazz
rock, nothing you say can force me to like jazz rock... great jazz
musicians by my own reckoning have made music which I consider
step taken by fans of Ilaiyaraja may lead to something exciting for
music itself in the future'
appreciate Ilaiyaraja it takes a lot of listening and a variety at that'
'You people support mechanical composers and ignore
earthy, natural and highly talented musicians like Raja'
Modern jazz and
a glass of
T L Mazumdar, pianist and modern jazz
buff, jams with Jazzebel on what's discordant and
From Jazzebel's piece on jazz on WorldSpace
radio: 'There's another plus point for me: very little of
either jazz rock or free jazz and other discordant avant-garde music
that has blighted this otherwise creative and compelling art
To the author of Jazz around the clock and its
Speaking on behalf of another 1,000
students, professionals and semi-professionals who are taking their
degree in contemporary/jazz performance with me and definitely from
my own side, and musicians in general, it's exactly ignorant,
precocious and pompous wise guys like you who seem to have taken
some kind of vow to make life difficult for us musicians.
Exactly what are your credentials to be passing a comment like
the one above... knowing very well you are living in a country
where 99.99 per cent of the people are not even equipped to
understand or have the kind of background to really react to
what you are saying and will just take your word for
Discordant???? Exactly how much do you know about
harmony? While I'm aware that there are those to whom genres like
rock still and always will mean Bon Jovi and Megadeth, that isn't
where it ends. If you are such a great fan of Miles Davis, then
LISTEN to some of his later electric stuff... he was one of the
first jazz masters who had the guts to experiment with just about
everything and that DEFINITELY includes rock as well... refer to
albums like In a Silent Way or The Man with the
Herbie Hancock?? Famous for his refusal to be
categorised as a 'jazz' musician (read in between lines if you
are capable), one of his recent albums consisted of very personal
interpretations of pop and rock hits... one of which even
includes a song from Nirvana (heck I'm not crazy about those guys
but if Mr Herbie Hancock thinks they write stuff worth interpreting
then I'll give them due respect... OBSERVE AND LEARN!!)... some of
his albums even derive influences from techno, disco... and rock
And I'm not even getting into some of the guitar
players who have brought about revolutions in the world of jazz...
John Scofield, Scott Henderson, Al di Meola, Mike Stern... the list
goes on. If that's not jazz for some wannabe 'jazzpatron' to whom a
term like mixolydian #11 probably means as much as martian algebra,
well... and read my lips IT DONT MATTER!
I listen to every form of jazz... and God knows
there are plenty. I listen to dixieland, be-bop, cool jazz,
latin jazz, bossanova, you name it and I do it... I'm
spending 14 hrs a day at the piano trying to find out even 1 per
cent of the depth that lies beyond this four letter word... so when
i see a guy like you whose only experience in this form of art is
probably attending five jazz concerts in two years and
putting on a jazz CD among fellow precocious snobs trying to act
more enlightened at a cocktail party... IT CHEESES ME OFF.
Good to hear about the guys you listen to man...THEY ARE
MASTERS... they are shamans for doing what they have, but jazz has
moved on and is not only about walking basslines and a 4/4 swing
pattern. God knows that is HIP too... but there is more so LISTEN
to more MUSIC man!!! Expressing a personal opinion in taste is one
thing but trying to mould the minds of people through media by
trying to tell people what is 'real' jazz and not is'nt.
Get urself a warm glass of milk... i'ts way past your
T L Mazumdar
A blight on
Whatever you might guess or surmise about my
credentials for writing about jazz, I have a right to my opinions
about jazz just as you have a right to your opinions about my
writing. If you disagree with me, just say so: I don't think you
need to be abusive.
As for what I think about free jazz and jazz
rock, nothing you say can force me to like jazz rock. Whether or not
Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock have performed jazz rock or not is
totally irrelevant: I have a right to say that I like what they have
done in mainstream jazz and dislike what they have done in jazz
rock. Jazz rock is too noisy for my taste and free jazz is too
discordant for my taste and they are a blight on jazz, as far as I
Isn't it obvious that whatever a writer writes is
his personal and subjective judgment? What does it matter that great
jazz musicians by my own reckoning have made music which I consider
noisy? If I like John Coltrane's Blue Train and Giant
Steps and consider him great does it oblige me to like his work
in free jazz such as his album Live in Seattle? I am not
mouding public taste or anything like that; I am just voicing my
opinions along with trying to give the reader some guidance about
what kinds of jazz you find in any particular recording (or radio
station in this case).
If you come out with a recording of
your work and would care to have it reviewed by me, I shall
certainly do so fairly: I'll talk about what kind of jazz it is, how
original it is, how much solo improvisation there is, what the sound
of it is like, and then comment on whether or not I find the rock
influences (if there are any) not to my taste (e.g., loud drumming,
electronic note-bending, etc). And I promise that whatever personal
remarks you have made about me will be irrelevant to my judgment,
just as suppositions about whether or not I drink milk at night
should have had no relevance to your comment on my writing. But it
will be equally irrelevant to me that you're spending 14 hours a day
on your jazz education and training.
The bottom line is
this: I don't say jazz rock or free jazz is not jazz; I just don't
like the sound of it and I have a right to say so. And while there
are lots of great jazz musicians who have gone into these genres (or
even into straight rock or some other genre that isn't considered
jazz), I'm not obliged to say I like that part of their work
The Picasso of
musicDear Suchitra Lata
Reading many of your reviews, I
can see that you are one of the few critics,
like Mr Ramakrishna of your own magazine, with a vast reservoir of
musical knowledge, writing skills and a great sense of the
reader's mind. Resulting in very beautifully written reviews I enjoy going
back to again and again. See a lot of quality
in you folks. Thank you for the fine effort.
I live in Chicago and work in management consulting. Been doing this in the last 10 years. In regard to music during this period, I went about securing original productions of a lot of my favorite music and was involved in inspiring some Ilaiyaraja fans in the US to build www.raajangahm.com. This has turned out to a kind of an underground movement to an extent manageable by those fans.
The movement could reach a higher level. Ilaiyaraja's creativity and prolificity is really strange and music lovers worldwide cannot believe such fantastic musical presentation can happen unless they hear it very often with an open mind. Anyway, every small step taken by fans of Ilaiyaraja may lead to something exciting for music itself in the future. I certainly feel that this Picasso-like creativity of Ilaiyaraja deserves that effort from his fans. It is only a matter of time.
My other musical interests lie in Western classsical and pop, Latin pop and other genres of the '70s. When I read your reviews I know that your and the other correspondents' depth of musical appreciation is seated in a knowledge of Indian classical music traditions. I do not know anything about those traditions except that I am aware that Tamil and Malayalam songs of the '70s and '80s were born out of ragas, and that ragas give songs structure and a strong melody content.
These days I drift only occasionally into music listening, and attempt to catch up on Ilaiyaraja events. Listening to his music slowed down the pace of my life considerably, and took me away from wasteful distractions. Thank God for that! I gather that a lot of people today are growing up without motivation to appreciate the finer things in life, such as music.
My finding is: they did not get exposed to good music early in their lives. Secondly, there are hardly any music magicians like Ilaiyaraja in the world, and thirdly, people therefore don't find a strong reason to become crazy about music. Nothing else free society offers is more worthy of their free time. Believe me.
To appreciate Ilaiyaraja it takes a lot of
listening and a variety at that. For most of us growing up in
the '70s and '80s listening to modern songs in their glory and
innocence, music grew in us to best friend status. I speak with that
you say "Ilaiyaraja, a commercial success, but not associated
so much with experimental films and documentaries..." while
interviewing Madhusree Dutta?
Do you know anything about the
Maestro? Sorry, you people support mechanical composers and ignore
earthy, natural and highly talented musicians like Raja. That
should not be the way you should have asked that question. I have
not heard Scribbles on Akka, but I think you
underestimate his talents.
meant was that Ilaiyaraja was not associated with new wave cinema
like, say, Vanraj Bhatia or B V Karanth. -- Ed)
I am looking for a list of recording agencies in India. Can you
help me find this information? I am a singer in Chicago, IL, and
am of Indian descent. I would like to become a singer in India
singing English and Hindi songs.
Please let me know if you can help get this type of info.
there... You guys have been doing amazing work... truly, there ain't
any better music resource for Indian music fans... Please add
me to your newsletter list as I would wanna be one of the first
to know what's happening in the Indian music industry.
one thing I noticed when I went through the earlier
articles was that
there weren't any dates available... I didn't
know what happened
when... could you guys please add dates
so that I know if I missed out on something ...
Anyways keep doing the great work.
A band called
This is Sam from the band
Drizzle... We are a Mumbai/Pune-based
band and are in the
process of cuting our first album called Streets of
Heaven. We play alternative Rock. Pls do check our site www.drizzlerock.com or
get more details about us from www.gigpad.com. This site has info
on all bands in the country...
Do login and write back to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Antaragni among Bangalore stars
Our band Antaragni is performing at
the M V Jayaram Engineering College (very close to International
Tech Park, Whitefield) on July 07, 2001 Saturday between 5.00 p.m
and 7.00 p.m. This concert is the concluding part of the college's
annual cultural festival Swayam 2001.
Antaragni will be
performing their own compositions for nearly two
This time Antaragni is performing with many senior
artists of Bangalore.
band will include
Raghupathy Dixit: Vocals, Acoustic
Vidwan Mysore H N Bhaskar: Karnatak Violin
George: Jazz and Western classical Violin
Roberto Narain: Drums
Raman: Alto and soprano saxophones and
Pandit Prakash Sontakke: Hindustani classical Hawaiian
Prakash N: Bass and Acoustic Guitars
and Acoustic Guitars
Shadrach Solomon: Keyboards and
Mohan: Tabla and accessory percussions
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